Recognized by WHO and WOAH as one of the top 10 global health threats, the crisis of accelerating microorganism resistance significantly impacts human, animal life, and economic development worldwide.
Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials are the main reasons for the development of drug-resistant pathogens. AMR is a major concern in the food chain because resistant organisms have been identified at every level, from primary producers to primary consumers. Unfortunately, the extent to which the use of antimicrobial agents in agriculture contributes to the emergence of AMR pathogens, particularly those that cause human infections, is unknown.
Those drug-resistant pathogens threaten our ability to treat common infections that are not treatable with antibiotics. New antimicrobials are urgently needed, as the U.S. is heading towards a “post antibiotic era.”
In agriculture, antimicrobial agents are used sub-therapeutically to maintain animal health and well-being, and therapeutically to treat diseases. Veterinarians are leaders and stewards in preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics for animals and people. Working with animal owners and producers, veterinarians can slow antibiotic resistance by implementing disease prevention strategies and reducing the use of antibiotics while also guaranteeing high-quality medical care for animal patients.
The role of STOR-Remesa
Promote a prudent use of antimicrobials in animals, encourage collecting data on the use of veterinary antimicrobials in the REMESA Countries, and provide scientific recommendations on the use of specific antimicrobials in animals
Implement better practices for animal husbandry, vaccination, nutrition, and biosecurity and educate people who engage with animals on how to prevent diseases
Strengthen and welcome collecting data of the long-term experience of African Partners. Projects on this will be welcomed for future laboratory and “in vitro” validation
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